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BÖSENDORFER

Yamaha Corporation of America
P.O. Box 6600
Buena Park, California 90622
714-522-9415
info@boesendorferus.com
www.boesendorfer.com


Pianos made by: L. Bösendorfer Klavierfabrik GmbH, Vienna, Austria

Bösendorfer was founded in 1828 in Vienna, Austria, by Ignaz Bösendorfer. The young piano maker rose to fame when Franz Liszt endorsed his concert grand after being unable to destroy it in playing, as he had every other piano set before him. Ignaz died in 1858 and the company was taken over by his son, Ludwig. Under Ludwig’s direction, the firm greatly prospered and the pianos became even more famous throughout Europe and the world. Ludwig, having no direct descendants, sold the firm to a friend, Carl Hutterstrasser, in 1909. Carl’s sons, Wolfgang and Alexander, became partners in 1931. Bösendorfer was sold to Kimball International, a U.S. manufacturer of low- and medium-priced pianos, in 1966. In 2002 Kimball, having left the piano business, sold Bösendorfer to BAWAG Bank, Austria’s third largest financial institution. The bank encountered financial troubles unrelated to Bösendorfer and sold the piano company to Yamaha in 2008. Yamaha says it will not be making any changes to Bösendorfer’s location or methods of production, and that its sales network will continue to be separate from Yamaha’s. Bösendorfer manufactures fewer than 500 pianos a year, with close to half of them sold in the U.S.

Bösendorfer makes a 52" upright and eight models of grand piano, from 5' 1" to the 9' 6" Imperial Concert Grand, one of the world’s largest pianos. The 5' 1" grand, new in 2012 and unusually small for a Bösendorfer, has the same keyboard as the 5' 8" grand, ensuring a good touch despite the instrument’s small size. The company also makes slightly less expensive versions of four grand models known as the Conservatory Series (CS). Conservatory Series grands are like the regular grands except that the case receives a satin finish instead of a high polish, and some cabinet details are simpler. Previously, the CS models also had a satin-finished plate, and were loop-strung instead of single-strung, but in 2009, regarding these features, the specifications of the regular models were restored. All Bösendorfer grand pianos have three pedals, the middle pedal being a sostenuto.

One of the most distinctive features of the grands is that a couple of models have more than 88 keys. The 7' 4" model has 92 keys and the 9' 6" model has 97 keys. The lowest strings vibrate so slowly that it’s actually possible to hear the individual beats of the vibration. Piano technicians say that it is next to impossible to tune these strings by ear, although electronic tuning aids can help accomplish this. Of course, these notes are rarely used, but their presence, and the presence of the extra-long bridge and larger soundboard to accommodate them, add extra power, resonance, and clarity to the lower regular notes of the piano. In order not to confuse pianists, who rely on the normal keyboard configuration for spatial orientation while playing, the keys for these extra notes are usually covered with a black ivorine material.

The rim of the Bösendorfer grand is built quite differently from those of all other grands. Instead of veneers bent around a form, the inner rim is made in solid sections of spruce and beech that are joined together. The outer rim has a solid core of quartersawn spruce that is grooved by Bösendorfer craftsmen so that it can be bent around the inner rim; after bending, the grooved sections are filled with spruce inserts. Because spruce is better at transmitting than reflecting sound, the extensive use of spruce in the rim has the effect of making the rim an acoustical extension of the soundboard, causing the entire body of the piano to resonate. This, along with the scale design, may be why Bösendorfers tend to have a more delicate treble, and a bass that features the fundamental tone more than the higher harmonics. Although the stereotype that “Bösendorfers are better for Mozart than Rachmaninoff” may be an exaggeration (as evidenced by the number of performing artists who successfully use the piano in concert for a wide variety of music), the piano’s not-so-“in-your-face” sound is certainly ideally suited for the classical repertoire, in addition to whatever else it can do.

In recent years, Bösendorfer has made some refinements to its designs. The relatively newer 6' 1", 7', and 9' 2" models have been designed specifically to appeal to pianists looking for a more familiar sound. The last two models, now called the Vienna Concert (VC) series, have redesigned scaling and soundboard for greater sound projection, improved sustain, and a wider range of tonal color and dynamics. In all models, however, the distinctive Bösendorfer sound is still readily apparent.

In the past few years, Bösendorfer has introduced a number of interesting instruments in new cabinet styles. These include a Porsche-designed modern piano in aluminum and polished ebony (it can be special-ordered in any standard Porsche finish color); the Liszt, Vienna, and Chopin models of Victorian-styled pianos; and limited-edition models, such as the Liszt Anniversary, Beethoven, Mozart, Hummingbird, and Schönbrunn. Perhaps not to be outdone by Porsche, in 2009 Bösendorfer produced a model commissioned and designed by Audi on the occasion of that automaker’s 100th anniversary.

Bösendorfer makes a unique electronic player-piano system called CEUS, no longer advertised in the U.S. but available by special order. The Bösendorfer model 200 is optionally available with a Yamaha Disklavier Enspire installed.

Perhaps the world’s most expensive piano inch for inch, Bösendorfer grands make an eloquent case for their prices. They are distinctive in both appearance and sound, and are considered to be among the finest pianos in the world.

Warranty: 10 years, parts and labor, transferable to future owners within the warranty period.



Acoustic Piano: Model & Pricing Guide

* See the Introduction for an explanation of pricing.

Disklavier Enspire PRO on select models, add $37,998 (SMP).
Model Feet Inches Description MSRP* SMP*
Bosendorfer Verticals
130 52 Satin and Polished Ebony 76,999 72,998
130 52 Satin and Polished White, other colors 91,999 86,998
130 52 Polished, Satin, Open-pore: Walnut, Cherry, Mahogany, Pomele 98,999 92,998
130 52 Polished , Satin, Open-pore: Pyramid Mahogany, Burl Walnut, Birdseye Maple, Macassar, Madronna, Vavona, Wenge 103,999 98,998
Bosendorfer Grands
155 5 1 Satin and Polished Ebony 121,999 114,998
155 5 1 Satin and Polished White, other colors 136,999 128,998
155 5 1 Polished, Satin, Open-pore: Walnut, Cherry, Mahogany, Pomele 146,999 138,998
155 5 1 Polished , Satin, Open-pore: Pyramid Mahogany, Burl Walnut, Birdseye Maple, Macassar, Madronna, Vavona, Wenge 159,999 150,998
155 5 1 Chrome: Satin and Polished Ebony 138,999 130,998
170 5 7 Satin and Polished Ebony 126,999 120,998
170 5 7 Satin and Polished White, other colors 142,999 134,998
170 5 7 Polished, Satin, Open-pore: Walnut, Cherry, Mahogany, Pomele 153,999 144,998
170 5 7 Polished , Satin, Open-pore: Bubinga, Pyramid Mahogany, Santos Rosewood, Burl Walnut, Birdseye Maple, Macassar, Madronna, Vavona, Wenge 164,999 154,998
170 5 7 Chrome: Satin and Polished Ebony 142,999 134,998
170 5 7 Johann Strauss: Satin and Polished Ebony w/Maple 152,999 144,998
170 5 7 Johann Strauss: Any finish and veneer 178,999 168,998
170 5 7 Liszt: Polished Vavona 182,999 172,998
170 5 7 Chopin, Louis XVI: Satin Pommele 207,999 196,998
170 5 7 Baroque: Light Satin Ivory; Vienna: Polished Amboyna 232,999 218,998
170 5 7 Artisan Satin and Polished 297,999 280,998
185 6 1 Satin and Polished Ebony 133,999 126,998
185 6 1 Satin and Polished White, other colors 149,999 140,998
185 6 1 Polished, Satin, Open-pore: Walnut, Cherry, Mahogany, Pomele 157,999 148,998
185 6 1 Polished , Satin, Open-pore: Pyramid Mahogany, Burl Walnut, Birdseye Maple, Macassar, Madronna, Vavona, Wenge 169,999 160,998
185 6 1 Chrome: Satin and Polished Ebony 149,999 140,998
185 6 1 Johann Strauss: Satin and Polished Ebony w/Maple 159,999 150,998
185 6 1 Johann Strauss: Any finish and veneer 185,000 174,998
185 6 1 Liszt: Polished Vavona 189,999 178,998
185 6 1 Edge: Satin and Polished Ebony 212,999 200,998
185 6 1 Chopin, Louis XVI: Satin Pommele 215,999 202,998
185 6 1 Baroque: Satin Light Ivory; Vienna: Polished Amboyna 236,999 222,998
185 6 1 Porsche Design: Diamond Black Metallic Gloss 248,999 234,998
185 6 1 Artisan Satin and Polished 306,999 288,998
185CS 6 1 Conservatory Satin Ebony 116,999 110,998
200 6 7 Satin and Polished Ebony 144,999 136,998
200 6 7 Satin and Polished White, other colors 161,999 152,998
200 6 7 Polished, Satin, Open-pore: Walnut, Cherry, Mahogany, Pomele 172,999 162,998
200 6 7 Polished , Satin, Open-pore: Pyramid Mahogany, Burl Walnut, Birdseye Maple, Macassar, Madronna, Vavona, Wenge 185,999 174,998
200 6 7 Chrome Satin and Polished Ebony 145,596 120,744
200 6 7 Chrome: Satin and Polished Ebony 159,999 150,998
200 6 7 Johann Strauss: Satin and Polished Ebony w/Maple 170,999 160,998
200 6 7 Johann Strauss: Any finish and veneer 201,999 190,998
200 6 7 Dragonfly: Maple and Polished Ebony 206,999 194,998
200 6 7 Liszt: Polished Vavona 206,999 194,998
200 6 7 Beethoven Polished Ebony, Klimt "Woman in Gold" 176,999 166,998
200 6 7 Beethoven: Chrome; Cocteau: White 204,999 192,998
200 6 7 Edge: Satin and Polished Ebony 233,999 220,998
200 6 7 Chopin, Louis XVI: Satin Pommele 236,999 222,998
200 6 7 Baroque: Satin Light Ivory; Vienna: Polished Amboyna 259,999 244,998
200 6 7 Artisan Satin and Polished 325,999 306,998
200CS 6 7 Conservatory Satin Ebony 122,999 116,998
214VC 7 Satin and Polished Ebony 158,999 150,998
214VC 7 Satin and Polished White, other colors 181,999 170,998
214VC 7 Polished, Satin, Open-pore: Walnut, Cherry, Mahogany, Pomele 193,999 182,998
214VC 7 Polished , Satin, Open-pore: Pyramid Mahogany, Burl Walnut, Birdseye Maple, Macassar, Madronna, Vavona, Wenge 211,999 198,998
214VC 7 Chrome: Satin and Polished Ebony 180,999 170,998
214VC 7 Johann Strauss: Satin and Polished Ebony w/Maple 189,999 178,998
214VC 7 Johann Strauss: Any finish and veneer 227,999 214,998
214VC 7 Liszt: Polished Vavona 233,999 220,998
214VC 7 Beethoven: Polished Ebony, Klimt "Woman in Gold" 191,999 182,998
214VC 7 Beethoven: Chrome; Cocteau: White 225,999 212,998
214VC 7 Edge: Satin and Polished Ebony 258,999 246,998
214VC 7 Chopin, Louis XVI: Satin Pommele 266,999 250,998
214VC 7 Baroque: Satin Light Ivory; Vienna: Polished Amboyna 292,999 274,998
214VC 7 Porsche Design: Diamond Black Metallic Gloss 308,999 290,998
214VC 7 Audi Design Polished Ebony 372,999 352,998
214VC 7 Artisan Satin and Polished 372,999 352,998
214VC CS 7 Conservatory Satin Ebony 132,999 126,998
225 7 4 Satin and Polished Ebony 178,999 168,998
225 7 4 Satin and Polished White, other colors 197,999 186,998
225 7 4 Polished, Satin, Open-pore: Walnut, Cherry, Mahogany, Pomele 212,999 200,998
225 7 4 Polished , Satin, Open-pore: Pyramid Mahogany, Burl Walnut, Birdseye Maple, Macassar, Madronna, Vavona, Wenge 229,999 216,998
225 7 4 Chrome: Satin and Polished Ebony 193,999 182,999
225 7 4 Johann Strauss: Satin and Polished Ebony w/Maple 204,999 192,998
225 7 4 Johann Strauss: Any finish and veneer 248,999 234,998
225 7 4 Liszt: Polished Vavona 255,999 240,998
225 7 4 Chopin, Louis XVI: Satin Pommele 291,999 274,998
225 7 4 Baroque: Satin Light Ivory; Vienna: Polished Amboyna 319,999 300,998
225 7 4 Artisan Satin and Polished 398,999 374,998
225 7 4 Grand Bohemian: Polished Ebony 420,000 420,000
280VC 9 2 Satin and Polished Ebony 229,999 216,998
280VC 9 2 Satin and Polished White, other colors 254,999 240,998
280VC 9 2 Polished, Satin, Open-pore: Walnut, Cherry, Mahogany, Pomele 274,999 258,998
280VC 9 2 Polished , Satin, Open-pore: Pyramid Mahogany, Burl Walnut, Birdseye Maple, Macassar, Madronna, Vavona, Wenge 297,999 280,998
280VC 9 2 Johann Strauss: Satin and Polished Ebony w/Maple 270,999 254,998
280VC 9 2 Johann Strauss: Any finish and veneer 323,999 304,998
280VC 9 2 Liszt: Polished Vavona 331,999 312,998
280VC 9 2 Chopin, Louis XVI: Satin Pommele 379,999 356,998
280VC 9 2 Baroque: Satin Light Ivory; Vienna: Polished Amboyna 412,999 390,998
280VC 9 2 Porsche Design: Diamond Black Metallic Gloss 437,999 412,998
280VC 9 2 Artisan Satin and Polished 472,999 444,998
290 9 6 Satin and Polished Ebony 262,999 246,998
290 9 6 Satin and Polished White, other colors 288,999 272,998
290 9 6 Polished, Satin, Open-pore: Walnut, Cherry, Mahogany, Pomele 312,999 294,998
290 9 6 Polished , Satin, Open-pore: Pyramid Mahogany, Burl Walnut, Birdseye Maple, Macassar, Madronna, Vavona, Wenge 338,999 318,998
290 9 6 Johann Strauss: Satin and Polished Ebony w/Maple 302,999 284,998
290 9 6 Johann Strauss: Any finish and veneer 369,999 346,998
290 9 6 Liszt: Polished Vavona 377,999 354,998
290 9 6 Chopin, Louis XVI: Satin Pommele 429,999 404,998
290 9 6 Baroque: Satin Light Ivory; Vienna: Polished Amboyna 472,999 444,998
290 9 6 Artisan Satin and Polished 536,999 506,998
Bosendorfer Grands
Select models Disklavier Enspire PRO, add 39,999 37,998